LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – Despite its high current death
rate, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that emerged
in Saudi Arabia last year is unlikely to cause a SARS-like
epidemic because it is not spreading as easily, scientists said
In the fullest clinical analysis yet of the new virus,
British and Saudi researchers said that while there are many
similarities between MERS and severe acute respiratory syndrome
(SARS) – which emerged in China in 2002 and killed around 800
people worldwide – there are also important differences.
NEW DELHI/LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) – The pesticide that
killed 23 Indian schoolchildren last week is a nerve poison
banned by many countries because of what the World Health
Organisation (WHO) describes as its “high acute toxicity”.
As early as 2009, the United Nations health agency urged
India to consider a ban on the pesticide monocrotophos – the
substance said by a magistrate investigating the deaths to be
the cause of the poisoning.
LONDON (Reuters) – Health systems could be “overwhelmed” by the costs of coping with mental illnesses such as dementia, depression and addiction if nothing is done now to boost investment in research, leading neuroscientists said on Thursday.
Publishing a study that put the estimated costs of brain disorders in Britain alone at more than 112 billion pounds ($172 billion) a year, they said mental illness research needed to attract the same funding levels as illnesses such as cancer and heart diseases to be able to reduce the burden.
NEW DELHI/LONDON (Reuters) – The pesticide that killed 23 Indian schoolchildren last week is a nerve poison banned by many countries because of what the World Health Organization (WHO) describes as its “high acute toxicity”.
As early as 2009, the United Nations health agency urged India to consider a ban on the pesticide monocrotophos – the substance said by a magistrate investigating the deaths to be the cause of the poisoning.
LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – The Middle East coronavirus that
has killed 40 people since emerging late last year has not yet
reached pandemic potential and may simply die out, according to
new estimates of how easily it is transmitted.
In a study in The Lancet medical journal, researchers from
France’s Institut Pasteur in Paris analysed data on Middle East
respiratory syndrome (MERS) clusters and found its likelihood of
developing into a SARS-like worldwide epidemic was low.
LONDON (Reuters) – On any given day, some 80,000 patients in Europe are fighting an infection they picked up in hospital, often while in intensive care, the EU’s disease monitoring agency said in a survey published on Thursday.
Although some of these infections can be treated easily, others – like the superbug MRSA and other drug-resistant bugs – can be fatal or affect patients’ health very seriously, taking several months of costly hospital care and medication to beat.
LONDON (Reuters) – Children whose parents are cousins run more than double the risk of being born with a congenital abnormality, although the overall rate of such birth defects remains low, according to new research findings.
A large study in a British city with a large Pakistani community, where marriage between blood relatives is fairly common, found that so-called consanguineous parents accounted for more than 30 percent of birth defects in babies of Pakistani origin.
LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have for the first time created a functional human liver from stem cells derived from skin and blood and say their success points to a future where much-needed livers and other transplant organs could be made in a laboratory.
While it may take another 10 years before lab-grown livers could be used to treat patients, the Japanese scientists say they now have important proof of concept that paves the way for more ambitious organ-growing experiments.
LONDON (Reuters) – Couples who have certain types of fertility treatment have a higher chance of having a child with autism or learning difficulties – although the overall risk is still extremely small, scientists said on Tuesday.
The experts said couples should not consider abandoning or avoiding in-vitro-fertilization (IVF) on the basis of their research findings.
LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Doctors could save three million
more lives worldwide by 2025 if they offer AIDS drugs to people
with HIV much sooner after they test positive for the virus, the
World Health Organisation said on Sunday.
While better access to cheap generic AIDS drugs means many
more people are now getting treatment, health workers,
particularly in poor countries with limited health budgets,
currently tend to wait until the infection has progressed.